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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 33 days
ON THIS DAY                                                                           
“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” debuted on ABC with host Regis Philbinin 1999 in a two-week summer window, but returned on January 8, 2000 as a regularly scheduled series. The current syndicated daytime version of the game show is hosted by Chris Harrison…Celebrity Birthdays: “Today’s” Kathie Lee Gifford is 64; Director James Cameron (“Titanic”) is 63; Madonna is 59; Oscar nominated actress Angela Bassett is also 59; “The Office” star SteveCarell is 55;

-Did You Know?:
At the height of its popularity, ABC was airing “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” five nights per week, which led to a quick burnout. Looking for their own primetime game show hits, NBC revived “Twenty One,” with hostMaury Povich; Fox introduced  “Greed” and “It’s Your Chance of a Lifetime, and CBS presented “Winning Lines, hosted by Dick Clark. All these years later, and I still personally feel the need for “Greed!”

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Tuesday 8/15/17

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.5/11, CBS: 3.5/ 6, ABC: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 1.0/ 2, CW: 0.5/ 1

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are excluded because NBC aired The 2016 Summer Olympics.

-Ratings Breakdown:
NBC stood well above the Tuesday competition once again thanks to “America’s Got Talent” (#1: 8.3 rating/14 share from 8-10 p.m.), which bested the time period premiere of ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” (3.0/ 5) by a considerable 177 percent in the household overnights. Unfortunately, the Peacock dropped the ball at 10 p.m., with the time period premiere of “Hollywood Game Night” (#2: 3.1/ 5) slipping by 64 percent from the 9:30 p.m. portion of “America’s Got Talent” (8.5/14). Comparably, “Hollywood Game Night” was also 42 percent below the 5.3/10 for the season-finale of “World of Dance” in the time period one week earlier.

Also original last night was failing ABC scripted drama “Somewhere Between” at a mere 1.1/ 2 at 10 p.m.

For the complete half-hour breakdown for Tuesday, August 15, clickhere

Live + Same Day Ratings
Monday 8/07/17: Click here
Tuesday 8/08/17: Click here
Wednesday 8/09/17: Click here
Thursday 8/10/17: Click here
Friday 8/11/17: Click here
Saturday 8/12/17: Click here
Sunday 8/13/17: Click here

Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of August 7, 2017
What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the five broadcast networks for the week of August 7, 2017 (with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses).

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 6.26 million (- 8), NBC: 5.47 (- 7), ABC: 4.39 (-10), Fox: 3.47 (- 3), CW: 1.24 (- 9)

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 2.8 rating/ 9 share (-12), NBC: 2.5/ 8 (-11), ABC: 1.9/ 6 (-14), Fox: 1.7/ 5 (no change), CW: 0.5/ 2 (-17)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 2.4/ 8 (-14), CBS: 2.2/ 7 (-15), Fox: 1.9/ 6 (- 5), ABC: 1.9/ 6 (-14), CW: 0.7/ 2 (-12)

-Adults 18-34:
Fox: 1.2/ 6 (no change), NBC: 1.2/ 6 (-14), ABC: 1.0/ 5 (-23), CBS: 0.9/ 5 (-25), CW: 0.5/ 2 (no change)

National Ratings in Syndication – Week of July 31, 2017
What follows are the Top 20 ratings in syndication (first-run and off-network) based on the Live + Same Day data for the week of July 31:

“Judge Judy” (CBS Television Distribution) and “Family Feud” (Debmar-Mercury): 6.2 rating; Weekend Adventure (Disney/ABC Litton): 6.0; “Wheel of Fortune” (CTD): 5.4; “Jeopardy” (CTD): 5.1’ “The Big Bang Theory” (Warner Bros.): 4.6; “Law & Order: SVU” – Weekend (NBCU): 4.0; “The Big Bang Theory” – Weekend (Warner Bros.) and “Family Feud” – Weekend (Twentieth): 3.3 each; “Modern Family” – Weekend (Twentieth): 2.9; “Dr. Phil” (CTD): 2.8; “Entertainment Tonight” (CTD): 2.7; “Modern Family” – Mon-Fri (Twentieth): 2.6; “American Ninja Warrior” (NBCU), “Inside Edition” (CTD) and “Wheel of Fortune” – Weekend (CTD): 2.5 each; “Hot Bench” (CTD): 2.1, “Live with Kelly & Ryan” (Disney-ABC) and “Family Guy” – Weekend (Twentieth): 2.0 each

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Netflix Renews “Ozark” for Season Two
Netflix has issued a second season renewal to dark drama “Ozark,” with an order for 10 new episodes. Made available for streaming on July 21, “Ozark” follows financial planner Marty (Jason Bateman) and his wife Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney). Without warning, Marty relocates the family from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks after a money laundering scheme puts him in the crosshairs of a Mexican drug lord. Ten episodes aired in season one.

Netflix also recently renewed freshman comedy “GLOW,” which is a fictional account of a real all-female wrestling TV show from the 1980’s. That renewal came on the heels of the cancellation of drama series “Gypsy” starring Naomi Watts. Also renewed at Netflix are “13 Reasons Why,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” “One Day At a Time,” “Dear White People” and “Santa Clarita Diet”

“Ozark” is produced by Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films and MRC, which also produces “House Of Cards” for Netflix. The series was created by executive producer Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams. It is written and executive produced by Chris Mundy.


Casting News
Julian McMahon (“Dirk Gently,” “Nip/Tuck”) has joined the cast of new Hulu Original Series, “Marvel’s Runaways,” which tells the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents. McMahon will play Jonah in the series.

The Daily Brief Podcast
PromaxBDA Editorial Director Paige Albiniak and Programming Insider Editor in Chief Marc Berman discuss what went down at TCA 2017. Included are the issues of diversity, reboots and the upcoming new network series that show the most promise. To listen, click here

TV Comes Out About its Closeted Portrayals of LGBTQ: Click here
ABC to Focus on “American Idol” and “Roseanne” Reboots: Click here
Trump in Late Night: Too Much of an Absurd ThingClick here
TruTV Keeps Pushing New Comedy Brand Forward: Click  here
PBS Forges Ahead Despite Threat of Federal Funding Loss: Click here


Will Daniel Craig Return as James Bond? He Finally Answers Definitively on “Late Show”
Appearing as a guest on last night’s edition of CBS talk show “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to promote his film “Logan Lucky,” actor Daniel Craig was asked if he’ll return to his iconic role of James Bond. He admitted he had been coy in previous interviews elsewhere but he gave a definitive answer to Colbert. To hear what he said, click here


Netflix documentary “Resurface,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, will launch globally on Netflix on September 1. The logline: After years of nightmares, depression, and seizures, Iraq war veteran Bobby Lane could see no way out of his trauma other than suicide. Then he met Van Curaza, a former big wave surfer who had since founded Operation Surf and dedicated his life to helping veterans find solace in surfing. Backed by a growing body of research illustrating the healing power of the ocean on the mind and body, organizations such as Operation Surf and the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation are using surfing to help veterans cope with physical and mental trauma. For a look, click here

Smithsonian Channel will focus on luxurious cruises and remarkable trains with the arrival of new non-scripted series “Mighty Cruise Ships” and“Remarkable Trains.” Debuting on September 3 at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET, respectively, “Mighty Cruise Ships” travels to remote islands, exotic cities, untamed coasts and historic wonders. These ships go anywhere adventure calls, whisking passengers off to high-end, far-off destinations in Indonesia, French Polynesia, Cape Horn, Russia and beyond. And “Remarkable Trains” offers an exclusive look at some of the world’s most iconic and extravagant locomotives. From vintage and luxury to high-speed and revolutionary, these mighty trains travel great distances, navigating honeymooners through Canada’s diverse terrain, commuters across Japan’s earthquake-prone tectonic plates and everyone in between.

New Bravo Media series “Real Estate Wars,” which follows real estate agent John McMonigle, will debut on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: It’s the ultimate turf battle in the O.C., and things get tense when realty and reality collide. John McMonigle was formerly the number one real estate agent in the country, but lost everything when the real estate market crashed. John, never a man to stay down, rebuilt his empire with five ambitious agents to create The McMonigle Team, with one of their primary goals being to beat The Relegance Group. Relegance is made up of five zealous agents, including the “real estate queen” of Orange County, Jojo Romeo, who happens to have a contentious past with John. However, it’s a small world, and when they vie for the same high end clients, limited listings and large commissions, the competition can be ruthless.

Who do think gave the best performance on “America’s Got Talent” on NBC last night? Click here
NBC introduces sitcom “Marlon”…ABC aired annual special “CMA Fest””The F Word with Gordon Ramsay” concludes for the season (or series) on Fox…BBC features the series-finale of drama “Broadchurch””Growing Up Supermodel” debuts on Lifetime…For the complete primetime schedule for Wednesday, August 16, click here
Movies Spun-Off Into Failed TV Pilots

Which one of the following movies was never spun-off into a pilot for a proposed TV series?

a) “Beverly Hills Cop”
b) “Clerks”
c) “Darkman”
d) “Forrest Gump”
e) “Steel Magnolias”
f) they all were

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Who played Carlton the Doorman’s mother on sitcom Rhoda?

a) Tammy Faye Bakker
b) Ruth Gordon
c) Vivian Vance
d) Shelley Winters
e) Estelle Winwood
f) Carlton’s mother never appeared on “Rhoda”

Is: b) Ruth Gordon, who appeared in the second season premiere, “Kiss Your Epaulets Goodbye,” originally telecast on Sept. 8, 1975. For a look, click here  


Trivia All-Stars 
Steve Albright, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins (2x), Reid Davis, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Rich Orloff, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, Kurt Weil